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PUMPKINS


When autumn arrives, the seasonal decorations come out. Among the cornstalks and scarecrows you’ll undoubtedly find see squat orange shapes and you’ll know it’s pumpkin time again.  Pumpkins, a cultivar of the squash plant, are also known as winter squash.

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PEANUTS

You almost have to feel sorry for school kids today. So many of them have peanut allergies, which means they are missing out on enjoying that age-old staple of lunchtime yumminess: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

PEAS

If you were like most kids, you probably turned up your nose at peas when they appeared on your dinner plate – and held your nose as you ate them. Hopefully, you are now mature enough to realize how very good for you peas are, and you no longer leave.....

MACADAMIA NUTS

Most likely when you think of macadamia nuts, you think of Hawaii. In reality, macadamia is a genus of trees that are native to Australia. There are at least seven species of macadamia trees, but only two of them produce fruit that is non-toxic to humans.

SPINACH

Who didn’t grow up watching those Popeye cartoons and envying the sassy sailor his guns, which popped up from his previously puny arms right after he ate a can of spinach?  And who, despite that, didn’t turn up his or her nose when Mom put a bowl of spinach on the dinner table?

NATURES BEAUTY - CACTUS

Despite their prickly needles and spines, cactuses are really beautiful creations. There are approximately 2,000 different species of cactus. They are found from British Columbia all the way down to Patagonia and come in numerous shapes and sizes. The largest saguaro cactus on record, nicknamed “The Grand One,” was approximately 46 feet tall.

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DEC 2018

NATURES BEAUTY - LEMONGRASS

Wanting to latch onto the growing popularity of Asian cuisine, many cooks, both professional and amateur, are scouring their local produce aisles for exotic ingredients that give their dishes authenticity. Lemongrass – stems and leaves – is often used to impart a wonderful flavor not only to entrees such as curries and stir-fries but to teas and soups as well.

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NOV 2018

QUINOA

Although quinoa (pronounced keenwah) is the new trendy superfood, in reality it’s been around for thousands of years. It was the “mother grain” of the ancient Andean civilization; the Incans considered it sacred. It has recently been revived as a new crop of global interest.

DURIAN

OK, so it’s not really beautiful, what with all its spikes (its name means “thorny fruit”) and its inside pulp with its wrinkled appearance. And it smells awful, making you question the wisdom of opening it. It’s durian, an exotic fruit from Malaysia that is slowly making inroads to....

APRICOT

Remember the scene in “The Wizard of Oz,” where the Cowardly Lion, awaiting his turn before Oz the Great and Powerful, sings a song about courage and asks, “Who put the ‘ape’ in ‘apricot’?”   Well, thankfully, no one did. Who would eat it then?